After the Canadiens loss to the Washington Capitals coach Michel Therrien said he was disappointed with ‘every aspect’ of the Canadiens’ game. But Therrien also said he’s convinced the team will be primed for post-season play.
His responsibility as coach is to make sure they’re ready for the playoffs, Therrien said after the Canadiens fourth loss in five games. They have a week left in the regular season with three games “and I’m convinced we’ll be ready for the playoffs,” he said.
Asked what he wants to work on, Therrien said: “Obviously if we give up five, six goals a game, we’ve got to focus on our defensive game.”
“I’m disappointed about every aspect of our game–five on five, penalty killing, power play.”
The Canadiens aren’t playing the tight checking game that they’ve played for most of the season, said defenceman Josh Gorges.
“We have to get back to playing that tight five-man unit,” he said.
“You can talk about Xs and Os and execution and systems–we were soft,” Gorges said.
“When you get beat off pucks, beat out of the corners, we’re loose on our coverage, we’re not picking up the right guys. That’s why it looks like the execution is not there.”
Gorges also defended teammate Carey Price who was subjected to some sarcastic cheers on Saturday.
“I’ve never understood that. In your home building… He’s been outstanding for us, for years. And this isn’t on him. You kidding me…This is on all of us,” Gorges said.
“He’s out there battling every night to be his best and we let him down. One or two goals I’m sure he might like to have back. But the rest is on the team. And for them to mock him, I don’t like that. It doesn’t help us. It doesn’t help him.
“I understand frustration. I understand people being upset. We’re upset, too. No one is happy with this. But mocking someone doesn’t help.”
You can hear more of what Gorges had to say after the game below:
You can hear what Canadiens’ captain Brian Gionta had to say below:
You can hear what Carey Price had to say below (you’ll need to turn up the volume):
You can hear what Canadiens’ defenceman Raphael Diaz had to say after the game below: